Issue #42  •  Fall 2015


The Newsletter of the

Web Sling & Tie Down Association

Board & Committee Reports

President's Message

Technical Coordinator's Report

Load Securement Technical Committee

Roundsling Technical Committee

Testing Technical Committee

Web Sling Technical Committee


Robert S. Jasany
Technical Coordinator

Kathleen A. DeMarco, CAE

Executive Director

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Fred Stringfellow, CAE

Management Liaison

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Cynthia Sanchez

Director of Meetings

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Kristin Grove

Association Coordinator

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WSTDA Events


WSTDA 2015 Fall Meeting
Oct. 5-8, 2015
Omni Providence Hotel
Providence, RI


WSTDA 2016 Annual Meeting

May 3-5, 2016
Omni La Mansion del Rio
San Antonio, TX


WSTDA 2016 Fall Meeting
October 4-6, 2016
Hotel Chicago Downtown
Chicago, IL



WSTDA 2017 Annual Meeting
May 8-11, 2017
Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe Resort, Spa & Casino
Incline Village, NV






WSTDA 2015 Fall Meeting Features Technical Discussion Forums, Education & Committee Work Sessions
October 5-8, 2015 • Omni Providence Hotel • Providence, RI

The 2015 WSTDA Fall Meeting schedule features opportunities for industry education, networking, and discussions on technical issues; Technical Committees will also work on recommended standards review and development. Hosted at the premier Omni Providence Hotel, the hotel is offering special WSTDA group room rates, putting WSTDA attendees in the center of all that downtown Providence has to offer.


  • WSTDA’s Technical Committees will each hold two meetings; working sessions where progress will be made on current projects such as WSTDA Recommended Standards reviews; and interactive Discussion Forums where attendees have the opportunity to submit discussion topics in advance of each session.

  • An Educational Session will feature a presentation by Keith Buzzell of Yale Cordage, Inc. and Vice Chair of Technical Committees for the Cordage Institute, on rope slings and how they compare and contrast to roundslings and web slings.

  • Networking… during the interactive discussion forums, open Technical Committee meetings, and social events after busy days of programming. A special evening at Gracie’s, a local favorite, will feature more networking opportunities over cocktails and dinner—all included in the registration fee.

Hotel reservations at the special WSTDA group rate must be made no later than 5:00 PM Eastern on Friday, September 4, 2015 or when the group room block fills, whichever comes first. Discounted registration ends September 4, after which registration fees increase.

For detailed information and registration please visit the Fall Meeting site. Also, register online today!

2015 Fall Meeting Sponsors

Thank you to American Webbing & Fitting, Inc. which will sponsor the WSTDA Welcome Reception on October 6… and to Southern Weaving Company, a Gold Sponsor!

There are several Sponsorship opportunities available for the 2015 Fall Meeting
… increase your exposure and help to support WSTDA’s programs and activities by becoming a Sponsor. Click here for details on sponsorship opportunities.

WSTDA 2015 Annual Meeting Recap

WSTDA gathered at the waterfront in Vancouver, BC for the 2015 Annual Meeting this past May. The meeting provided educational and networking opportunities, participation in committee meetings, and the opportunity to explore the beautiful city of Vancouver. DETAILS

WSTDA Officers, Directors Elected at 2015 Annual Meeting

The members of WSTDA elected the 2015-2017 Board of Directors at the 2015 Annual Meeting. The Board of Directors also appointed the association’s Officers for 2015-2016.

Jeff Iden, Cargo Equipment Corporation, Elgin, IL continues his term as President of the Association. Supporting Iden is a strong cabinet of Officers including Vice President Greg Pilgrim, Murdock Webbing Co., Inc., Central Falls, RI and

Tom Wynn, left, departing Past President, presents WSTDA president Jeff Iden with a plaque thanking him for his service during the past year.

Secretary/Treasurer Jim Bailey, Filtec Precise Inc., Tabor City, NC.

The 2015-2016 Board of Directors includes Scott Fleming, Unirope Limited, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada; Karl Heinz Keisewitt, Doleco GmbH, Dortmund, Germany; Henry Brozyna, Columbus McKinnon Corp., Tonawanda, NY; Trevor Waycott, Unitex Group USA, LLC, Piedmont, SC; James Calico, ANCRA International, Inc., Erlanger, KY; and Della Picken, Belt-Tech Products, Inc., Granby, QC.

Jim Bailey, WSTDA Secretary/Treasurer, Greg Pilgrim, WSTDA Vice-President, and Tom Wynn, retiring Past President, receive plaques from President Jeff Iden, in recognition of their service to WSTDA.

Henry Brozyna, Karl Keisewitt, Loren Stolin, Scott Fleming and Trevor Waycott receive plaques for their service on the Board of Directors.

Committee Chairs Charles Lucas (Testing Technical Committee), Greg Crain (Web Sling Technical Committee), Loren Stolin (Load Securement Technical Committee), Greg Babinchak (Roundsling Technical Committee) and Mike Gelskey, Jr. (Legal Resource Committee) receive plaques for their service to the Association.

2015-2016 WSTDA Scholarship Program Draws Nearly 20 Applicants

WSTDA’s Scholarship Program, launched in 2013 and promoted widely to qualified WSTDA-member employees and their legal dependents, has attracted nearly 20 applicants, who are competing for two merit-based awards of $3,000 each to help with tuition and educational expenses for attendance at a qualified college or university in 2015-2016.

Fourteen WSTDA member organizations are sponsoring Scholarship applicants; three members are sponsoring multiple applicants. Member representatives were informed of the program via the WSTDA website, newsletter, direct email messages, and through announcements at the 2015 Annual Meeting in in May. The application deadline was June 30th.

A Scholarship Committee is currently reviewing and scoring the qualified applications, and an announcement of the Scholarship award recipients will be made on or before August 17, 2015.

The program is currently funded by the WSTDA operating budget, and donations are welcome to ensure its continued success. To make a donation, click the above link or contact WSTDA headquarters for information.

WSTDA Quick Pulse Survey: 2015 1st and 2nd Quarter Analysis

WSTDA’s 2015 1st and 2nd Quarter “Quick Pulse Survey” responses reflect the continuing trend of steady and some rising demand for web slings, roundslings, tie downs, and components and material supplies, which were each rising during the 1st quarter of 2015, along with a slight uptick in profit margins on these products. Exports of web slings, roundslings and tie downs are all performing solidly, staying even with through the 1st and 2nd quarters.

Over 45% of respondents are looking toward “above normal growth” for the next nine months, and over 80% of respondents are basing business planning on growth through the next year, including hiring spikes to accommodate rising demand.

These are just some of the insights provided by WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse survey, which helps business owners gauge the current and future business environment to compare to their own operations and help guide their business forecasting and planning. WSTDA’s quarterly Quick Pulse Survey is the only source for the overall outlook for growth, employment, demand, margin expansion/contraction, supply shortages (labor, goods) and exporting activity in the web sling and tie down industry. It is a useful tool for analysis by business owners who need to gauge the current and future business environment to help guide their business forecasting and planning.

Broad participation in the quarterly Quick Pulse survey is paramount, so that results truly reflect the industry as a whole. Following the end of each calendar quarter, WSTDA emails a survey request to one person at each member organization. No company’s individual responses are released; only an aggregated report is provided to WSTDA members.

Be sure to participate in this free service provided by WSTDA by responding to the 3rd quarter survey, coming in early October.

WSTDA Welcomes New Members

WSTDA has welcomed 11 new members since we published the last issue of Uplifting News., including eight Regular Members and three Associate Members. WSTDA Membership stands at an all-time high of 131 Members, and growing! DETAILS


Employer and Employee Disregard Manufacturer's Warning and Lose Case

If a manufacturer expressly warns against using a product in a certain way in clear and direct language accompanied by an easy to understand pictogram, it is expected that an ordinary consumer would not use the product in contravention of the express warning. If the plaintiff cannot demonstrate that the manufacturer should have reasonably expected users to disregard the warning, the plaintiff’s case fails (Sistrunk v. Dake Corp., 2015 WL 4164910 (E.D. La., 2015)). Applying these two principles to the case at hand, the court granted summary judgment for the manufacturer and dismissed the plaintiff’s case. DETAILS

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